adjective rug·ged \ˈrə-gəd\

: having a rough, uneven surface

of a man's face : having rough but attractive features

: strong and determined

Full Definition of RUGGED

obsolete :  shaggy, hairy
:  having a rough uneven surface :  jagged <rugged mountains>
:  turbulent, stormy <rugged weather>
a :  seamed with wrinkles and furrows :  weathered —used of a human face
b :  showing facial signs of strength <rugged good looks>
a :  austere, stern
b :  coarse, rude
c :  rough and strong in character
a :  presenting a severe test of ability, stamina, or resolution
b :  strongly built or constituted :  robust <those that survive are stalwart, rugged men — L. D. Stamp>
rug·ged·ly adverb
rug·ged·ness noun

Examples of RUGGED

  1. the rugged surface of the moon
  2. She did a painting of the region's rugged coastline.
  3. People are attracted to his rugged good looks.
  4. I admire her rugged individualism.

Origin of RUGGED

Middle English, from Middle English *rug
First Known Use: 14th century


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